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Tomorrow I will introduce you to the last words of very special teen from Norway. At age seventeen, Regine Stokke was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, which later proved incurable. Why would you want to read the words of a teenager who died? My review will tell you.
Shortly after Regine received her diagnosis, she started a blog about her illness. As she wrote about her experiences of struggling with cancer, she garnered a huge following in her native Norway. Over time more and more people started following the blog. Blog postings frequently had several hundred comments from readers. When the media discovered Regine’s blog, they contacted her for interviews and television appearances. According to Wikipedia, it was the first time a young person had chosen to update her supporters on the internet. The last posting, received more than 8,400 comments from readers sending their condolences. Her blog, Face Your Fear (with the slogan: “Accept your war. It is what it is.”) became the second most visited blog in Norway between 2008 and 20o9.
Regine Stokke lost her fight on Thursday, December 3, 2009. Her last wish was to publish a book of her blog posts and so her parents made that a reality. Regine’s book includes blog posts and comments, original poems and photos, as well as texts of her family and friends.
In the United States, Regine’s Book has been released by Zest Books. This is their post:
Regine’s Book is her personal story as it was written on her blog and features her own photography and artwork, as well as comments from blog readers and entries from those who loved her most. Most of us likely know someone affected by cancer, but don’t know the details of what it is like to live day-to-day with the disease. Regine’s Book puts a face on this terrible disease, and deals with every facet of living with cancer, from the good days to the bad and everything in between.
During her fifteen-month fight with cancer, Regine actively encouraged supporters to become a blood and marrow donor. Zest Books made a donation to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training in Regine’s honor upon publication of Regine’s Book. They also encourage readers to support relevant organizations in any way they can.
Tomorrow I’ll share my reactions to Regine’s Book. In the meantime, check out the below links: